Water temps inside are way up this time of year, shortening up the window of opportunity to catch fish. On Sunday, we fished the spoil islands just south of the Florida Barge Canal, and the bite was very slow. Blame it on the week tide, late start, or the 86 degree water temp. Good news, the water and air temps should be decreasing soon, now if I can manage to leave the dock by 6 A.M., we will have it made.
On a recent trip out to one of the shipwrecks, several small Grouper (just under the 22″ limit) were caught on pinfish. Also, a pod of small Cobia showed up and were taken on free-lined cut bait. Schools of
Spanish Mackerel and Jack Cravelles circled throughout the day and were easily picked off with shrimp, free-lined on light action tackle.
Gulf of Mexico (Cedar Key to Crystal River)
High water temps have pushed most everything we fish for to deeper water. Lately, the best Trout bite has been early morning, in 6 to 8 feet of water. We’ve recently been fishing the grass flats in the Lowes Bay area with mixed results.
The Reds have also moved out of the creeks into deeper, cooler waters around the outside oyster bars and spoil islands of the Withlacoochee Reefs (Yankeetown).
Most Grouper reports I’ve recently heard of indicate they are offshore in 40 to 60 feet of water, and few and far between. Not a very good Grouper report but it is what it is.
Recently our nearshore strategy has been to fish the grass flats for Trout in the early a.m., the spoil island and bars for Reds mid morning, then chase the birds for some Spanish Mackerel/Bluefish action around mid-day…good way to fill that cooler.